Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For Sale: Lotus nearly F1 car for about 1/300th what Ferrari spends. Maybe 1/400th.

 Always wanted to drive a Formula One car?  You  got a million dollars to spare you can own your own, or at least something very close to it; a user friendly, turn key, 640 hp almost Formula One car.  Lotus plans on building 25 Lotus 125s  with delivery beginning next March.  You'll join an exclusive club of like minded folks who always wanted a Formula One car but not necessarily the 300 + technicians it takes to keep one going. Unlike the Formula One cars of yesteryear, you can get parts for this one from Lotus and there's a hand workshop manual.

You will also join a club called EXOS which means the cars can be flown around at your will to the track of your choice and if you and the other billionaires agree, you might, say, rent Clermont Ferrand in the south of France for a day. http://www.grouplotus.com/ should have all the details.  Soon.  

In the meantime it really is very beautiful.  And with a 3.5 liter Cosworth V8 behind your neck it won't be quite as fast as a current F1 car, but it will be much much faster than your other choice in that price range, a Bugatti Veyron.

             Or, for around double the cost of a stock $75,000 Lotus Evora,  you can buy a track ready Evora GT-4 which, unless you are a pro or at least a very talented amateur, will also be faster than you are.  Lotus flew in Champ Car Champion Jimmy Vasser, and former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato who now drives for Jimmy Vassar's Indycar Team.  Yesterday they drove laps around Laguna Seca and I sat alongside.  (video tomorrow)

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